This Is the Only Way You Should Clean a Coffee Grinder

The ingredients for this cleaning hack are already in your pantry.

this-is-the-only-way-you-should-be-cleaning-your-coffee-grinder-176659679-LolostockLolostock/ShutterstockAs any coffee snob can attest, freshly ground beans give your morning cup of Joe way better flavor than you’d get from a bag of grinds. Coffee beans oxidize and get stale faster after they’ve been ground, so using a grinder within half an hour of brewing them will give you the best flavor. (Check out these other 5 tips for making the best cup of coffee.) If only it didn’t mean you had to deal with a dirty coffee grinder.

Eventually, that daily use will catch up with your coffee grinder, with residue from the beans building up in the blades. You might notice a weird odor coming from your grinder, and the oils can leave your cup of coffee with a muddy taste. Thankfully, you don’t need to wear your fingers out scrubbing while you fumble with the little blades. According to The Kitchn, all you need is a bit of rice.

Instead of your normal coffee beans, pour ¼ cup of rice into your blade grinder, then let it run until the grains turn into fine particles. Dump out the rice powder and you’ll notice some stuck to the blades—that’s because the powder is sticking to the oil gunking up your grinder. Take a damp cloth and wipe away the ground rice, and the oils should come away with it. Rice has a subtle enough taste that no matter what kind you use—brown, basmati, you name it—it won’t leave any weird aftertaste in your coffee grounds.

Viola! Clean blades, ready for your next brew. (Here are 17 more tips for giving hard-to-clean household objects new life.) Repeat the process any time your blades start to look or smell a bit dirty. Your next cup of coffee will taste so much better.

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[Source: Apartment Therapy]

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.